Accurate, cost-effective legal advice on immigration matters in the United States
Working in the United States is a common route for gaining permanent residency. A temporary work visa is also a good option for those who wish to experience life in the United States for a limited period of time. Margaret W. Wong & Associates, LLC offers skilled guidance to help you understand and exercise a wide range of immigration options.
The type of immigration authorization you pursue depends on your long-term residency objectives. Do you wish to gain U.S. permanent residency, often called a green card? Do you plan to return to your home country after working in the United States temporarily? Are you a U.S.-based employer seeking labor certification for an employee? The answers to these questions, plus individual circumstances, identify which of many processes you might undertake to achieve your goals.
With more than 200 years of combined experienced assisting clients in New York City and throughout the United States, our law firm specializes in immigration law. From a simple visa, to challenging, complex green card matters, our immigration attorneys deliver knowledgeable representation and carefully create accurate documentation to give you your best chance of working in the United States.
The immigrant workforce in New York City
Built by generations of immigrants, New York City is a thriving metropolitan center for foreign nationals from around the world. Outside of Asia, New York City has a larger population of Chinese resident than any other city. With the largest concentration of West Indian citizens outside of the West Indies, and the largest Puerto Rican population of any city in the world, New York City offers opportunities to work, study, and build a life for many immigrant populations.
Our New York City law firm is nationally recognized for helping individuals meet their immigration needs. We can help you in the language of your choice, including English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, French, German, Arabic, Russian, Hindi, and Thai, among other languages.
New York law firm helps you understand how to meet U.S. visa requirements
With few exceptions, foreign nationals who wish to work in the United States must be sponsored by an employer. One exception to sponsorship is for individuals considered at the top of their field, or who have achieved international recognition for their contribution, to prove extraordinary ability.
Otherwise, immigrant workers seeking permanent residency must be sponsored by an employer who must carefully pursue the labor certification and immigration criteria necessary to gain authorization to work and live in the United States on a permanent basis.
Nonimmigrant workers who wish to work temporarily in the U.S. workforce can pursue a visa that best suits their background and goals. Temporary work visas available in the United States include:
- E-1: Treaty trader, spouse, and children.
- E-2: Treaty investor, spouse, and children.
- L-1: Intra-company transferee.
- F-1: Student visa for full time enrollment.
- G-1: Principal resident representative of recognized government to international organization and immediate family.
- H-1B: Nonimmigrant temporary work visa for those with at least a baccalaureate degree. This visa is valid for 3 years and involves specialty work related to your coursework.
- R-1: Foreign national in a religious occupation.
These are just some of the temporary work visas available to foreign nationals in specific industries. If you have questions about working in the United States to gain permanent residency or on a temporary basis, speak with our legal team about your situation and your immigration plans.
Work with seasoned immigration attorneys in New York City
Applying for any type of work authorization in the United States takes time and careful legal attention. Our lawyers at Margaret W. Wong & Associates, LLC in New York City deliver committed, knowledgeable legal representation to meet your needs and goals. If you need accurate answers and cost-effective service, call us at (216) 566-9908 or contact us today at our New York City offices, or one of our eight offices located in major cities around the United States.